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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Servant Leadership: Vision, Purpose and Benefits Focused on Others

Updated: May 27, 2020

The Career Development Alliance (CDA) grew from a non-profit organization, the Career Development Leadership Alliance (CDLA) formed in 1998. CDLA’s original mission, “to develop and deliver high-quality career development services and training” continues through the non-profit arm of the organization. As licensed psychologists and practicing people of faith, CDA’s Principals act on their commitment to supporting the career development of individuals who have limited access to career services. This includes work in the U.S., Kenya, and India. CDA may be your servant leadership role model – read more at ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: Taker-Leaders versus Giver-Leaders

Leaders who have an inner vision that drives their purpose for the benefit of others are giver-leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington. These people are servant leaders and inspire others to enthusiastically follow. Taker-Leaders, such as Hitler, more often are driven by external opportunities and they gain followers out of fear, ignorance or indifference. Read more at


FOCUS ON: Leaders at High Performance Organizations

Common characteristics and debunked myths about servant leaders are clearly explained in this Washington Post article. Leading by example, being humble, behaving well, and vigilantly fighting “elicitism, arrogance, complacency and hubris” can and are found in the corporate world today. Read more from the Washington Post.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Stellar Examples of Service Learning

U.S. News & World Report released a list of colleges and universities that required service-learning, where volunteering in the community is an instructional strategy. The top nominees include Berea College (KY), Brown University (RI), and Butler University (IN). See the full list from USnews.

JOB SEARCHING: Empathy on the Resume and Growth Goals in the Interview

People like working in an environment where everyone looks out for each other. Job candidates may need to clearly show empathy, through examples of courtesy, on the resume. Getting hired may also depend on displaying curiosity about the world in the interview as well as having a learning attitude toward future goals. Read more.

TOP TEN: Reasons you are not a leader

Isn’t it amazing (and daunting) the numbers of people in leadership positions that shouldn’t be! Skullduggery is not the way to get results! Neither is indifference. Here are ten other definitions of anything but a servant leader.


“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” - Nelson Mandela
“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.” - Mark Wahlberg


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